My Favorite Confederate Flag . . .

This is the battle flag of Co. F, 5th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry, King’s Mountain, South Carolina. I’m going to be making replica’s of this rare flag for sale, so if you want one you need to let me know, rickeyp@bayou.com. I’ll really try to keep the price down, as I want the message of this flag to go across the nation, even though the flag is so complex I won’t be able to mass produce it. The photo of the flag came with permission from Walter D. Kennedy’s book, Myths of American Slavery. As Kennedy says, the motto on this Confederate battle flag points to the real issue between the Federal government and the Southern states: “Like Our Ancestors–We Will Be Free.”

co. f 5th carolina flag

The Civil War Sailors and Soldiers System (site) says this of the 5th SC:

5th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
5th Infantry Regiment, assembled during March and April, 1861, contained men recruited in Laruens, Lancaster, Spartanburg, and Union counties. It was ordered to Virginia and, serving in D.R. Jones’ Brigade, saw action at First Manassas. Later it was placed in General R.H. Anderson’s, M. Jenkins’, and Bratton’s Brigade. It participated in the campaigns of the army from Williamsburg to Fredericksburg, then served in Longstreet’s Suffolk operations and with D.H. Hill in North Carolina. Moving again with Longstreet, the unit did not arrive in time to take part in the Battle of Chickamauga, but was engaged at Knoxville. Returning to Virginia, it was conspicuous at The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, in the trenches of Petersburg, and around Appomattox. This regiment reported 3 killed and 23 wounded at First Manassas and totalled 650 men in April, 1862. It sustained 21 casualties at Williamsburg, 81 at Gaines’ Mill, 73 at Frayser’s Farm, 39 during the Maryland Campaign, and 102 at Wauhatchie. In 1864 it lost 18 killed, 95 wounded, and 16 missing during The Wilderness Campaign, and from June 13 to December 31, there were 11 killed and 65 wounded. On April 9, 1865, the unit surrendered 19 officers and 263 men. The field officers were Colonels A. Coward, John R.R. Giles, and Micah Jenkins; Lieutenant Colonels Andrew Jackson, G.W.H. Legg, and John D. Wylie; and Majors Thomas C. Beckham, William M. Foster, and William T. Thomson.

You can also find a recordĀ  of the unit’s casualties at Lookout Mountain here:

2 thoughts on “My Favorite Confederate Flag . . .

  1. I love this flag. I read that you will or have made reproductions. As a south Carolinian transplanted to Texas, I would be very interested in one. Please let me know if you can help. I have a number of fellow Texans that have taken interest in South Carolina and the independent nature of its citizens that has been shared for a long time.

    Regards

    Jim Walton
    Orange TX

  2. How can I get a copy of this flag?? My great, great grandfather served in Co. F, Fifth Regt, Kings Mountains Guards. He was wounded in three different battles. Please let me know how to get this flag. Thanks!

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